Cozy Mystery Readathon – Renaissance Faire Series (Week 4 – Harrowing Hats)

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Our fourth and final book begins this week with Harrowing Hats. For general background and links to reviews on this readathon, you can find them here. Each week I’ll update the list of blogs who will be reading and providing reviews. Feel free to leave comments on the page, too! I finished reading the book while on a flight this week. I’m excited to hear from everyone.  Thank you for participating and sharing this week.


The voters have spoken… our winning book series to read in November 2018 is the Renaissance Faire cozy mysteries by Joyce and Jim Lavene. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the last month to choose the category for the readathon, the authors and books series to vote on, and the suggestions to make this as fun as it will be. Since there are 8 books in the series, we cannot easily read them all in one month. We probably could, but there are many of us with other ARCs or pre-scheduled reads, so I think we should do 50%… essentially the first 4 books. Below is our schedule and the books:




In order, they are:

  1. Wicked Weaves
  2. Ghastly Glass
  3. Deadly Daggers
  4. Harrowing Hats

Given how busy everyone is, let’s just focus on getting them all read and reviewed in the month of November 2018. Read 1, 2, 3, or 4 books — however much time you have available. Our tentative schedule to post each review is:

  1. Wicked Weaves – Due 11/9
  2. Ghastly Glass – Due 11/16
  3.  Deadly Daggers – Due 11/23
  4. Harrowing Hats – Due 11/30

I’ll create the new pages and links throughout the next couple of weeks. For now, buy them or order them from your local library. If you have them already – awesome. I can’t wait to get started!


Based on last month’s poll, you voted to combine two of the options into a single approach for our November 2018 Readathon. The winner is: “Cozy Mystery Series.” Many thanks to all the voters and promoters for the readathon. I’m very excited to choose a series with 4 or 5 books that we can read all throughout November and post our reviews. Some of the suggestions may have more than 5, but we will only read the first 5. A few have less than 5, so we will just read 3 or 4 depending on what wins. I’ve also chosen authors I’ve never read before but have on my TBR.

November 2018 - Choose 4 Books to Read & Review (1)

You can choose your top 3 series to read.  The poll is open today through 10/12 (one full week). On 10/13, I’ll announce the book series with the most votes. We’ll have three weeks to buy or borrow the books and set the reading and review schedule. Links to the Goodreads description of the fist book are below the poll to help you choose.

Descriptions of Books

Cindy Blackburn – Cue Ball

Betty Hechtman – Yarn Retreat

Nancy Atherton – Aunt Dimity

Ellery Adams – Book Retreat

Julia Buckley – A Writer’s Apprentice

Avery Ames – A Cheese Shop

Nancy Martin – Blackbird Sisters

Kate Carlisle – Fixer-Upper

Bailey Cates – Magical Bakery

Alice Kimberly – Haunted Bookshop

Heather Blake – Wishcraft

Jim & Joyce Lavene – Renaissance Faire

Lorna Barrett – Booktown

Jana DeLeon – Miss Fortune

Lea Wait – Mainely Needlepoint

Laura Childs – A Tea Shop

Krista Davis – Domestic Diva

Daryl Wood Gerber – Cookbook Nook

Eva Gates – Lighthouse Library

Betty Webb – Gunn Zoo

Leslie Budewitz – A Spice Shop

Kelly Lane – Olive Grove

Laura Childs – Scrapbooking


6 thoughts on “Cozy Mystery Readathon – Renaissance Faire Series (Week 4 – Harrowing Hats)

    The Cozy Pages said:
    November 21, 2018 at 1:47 PM

    Hope you enjoy this 4th one.

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    bettylouise31 said:
    November 21, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Some of .y favorites are l sites Gunn Zoo, a spice shop, and the Blackbird Sisters, any of Lea Wait and Kate Carlisle. Good luck with your new readthrone

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 22, 2018 at 5:48 PM

      I really want to try those, 2019 plans – definitely. Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

        bettylouise31 said:
        November 22, 2018 at 9:01 PM

        I have finished your book but I haven’t written a review yet. I cook a meal today and I am exhausted. Three of the last books I had so many twists that I still wondering. The last one is very good. I didn’t know who was the killer and why. I usually can figure it out. New author and it might still e on NetGalley. ONE TASTE TOO MANY by Debra H.
        Goldstein. It is good example how an animal can be central to the plot

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        November 23, 2018 at 7:36 AM

        I hope you got some rest and relaxation after the big day. Thank you for much. I’ll look this one up.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        November 23, 2018 at 10:29 AM


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